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    I have just received 3 Micro Trains 70' Well Cars one of which I want to modify to carry my little video camera. What I want to do is "shorten" the car by about an inch to start with, and there lies the problem.

    What is the best way to do that, shorten the car, but ensure that it ends up going back together properly and being properly aligned?

    Sure I need to cut an inch out of the middle of the car BUT what can I do to ensure that the two halves go back together properly? What tools would you suggest and tips or tricks?
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    Temporarily tack a short wooden block equal to the inner dimensions to the interior of the well at one end that extends out across the centre - cut one inch out as close to the panel rivets as possible and then re-assemble? I have not done this but it is a thought?

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    That was something along the lines that I was thinking as well, thanks.
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    Use a miter box, but also the car is a die cast car, so may be a bit difficult to cut and splice.

    The MDC, which is the same proto, and available all over the used market, is a plastic car so will be easier to cut and glue.

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    So dumb question, why do you want to shorten it an inch in the first place?

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    [QUOTE=kingmeow;544996]So dumb question, why do you want to shorten it an inch in the first place?[/QUOTE

    Have to admit, I'm curious as well. My guess is for a good fit inside the well so the apparatus doesn't slide around. But I'd take the easy way out
    and make the apparatus fit the existing well car. But I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time. Probably won't be the last time either.
    But yes, I'd use a miter box as mentioned with a block of wood that fit the inside the well car to help the cut stay straight and hold the car body's shape so it
    won't twist during the cutting process.
    Years ago, and I mean like 20 or so, I cut down some Bachman 3 bay covered hoppers into 2 bays using a miter box and the results weren't bad.
    But that was plastic and easy to re-enforce the joint from the inside by gluing plastic strips on the inside
    for strength.

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    Thanks Gents and yeah, I didn't realize they were die cast cars so that puts the project to bed. Not going to mess with die cast but will (maybe) look around for a plastic car instead.

    Why do I want to shorten it? Just to make it a more appropriate length for the camera and so I can keep the camera as close to the front of the engine as possible without having what it is sitting on showing. Secondly, I have never "modified" a car and thought this would be a good opportunity to try something new. To make my own "specialized" camera car.
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    Thanks but a rectangle of plastic wont work for the camera style I have. Aside from that ... why would anyone pay $14 plus shipping for a small rectangle of plastic?
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    When I built my camera car I used a double deck push/pull cab coach with no external mods. I had just enough space. Because the camera lens is pointed out the window in the door at the cab end of the car, it looks natural in front of the loco.

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    That is a great solution Chicago ... what make, model of camera did you use to fit into the car?
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    Why not make a frame that the camera can sit in, that fits the well and puts the camera near the front

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    Actually, I am going one step (or more) further than that ... I'm trying my hand at making a car specifically for the camera from scratch.

    The ONLY problem with making a frame for the well car is the camera is slightly wider than the well car frame which would mean having to cut the walls of the well car out for the camera to fit. That was my original plan had the car been plastic and not die cast.

    One other option is to use a flat bed car, cut the ends of and "lower" the centre section to the hieght of that of a well car. That would end up looking something like a drop bed trailer and might be the quickest and easiest solution to this. Actually, something like this:



    If only I had seen these before

    Don't suppose anyone has one they want to sell?
    Cheers Tony

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